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Thank you to Squarespace for sponsoring this video: ) You can visit to get 10% off your first purchase! In this video we're excited to share the re-created 1000-year-old Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. We visited the site last fall and had we really enjoyed learning more about the settlement, but also about the traditional construction techniques they used for the turf dwellings and workshops. The turf houses are built with timber frames that are load bearing, and walls that are built with peat bricks that have been cut and dried from a nearby bog. Each wall actually has two layers of the bricks, with layer of gravel sandwiched in the middle to help drain any moisture before it infiltrates to the interior of the structure. It's incredible that the Vikings were able to build such beautiful and functional structures with limited building materials, and in such a harsh environment. Another thing that we found really neat that didn't have anything to do with the structures was the fact that the bog not only provided peat for building, but bog iron they could use to create nails and other hardware they needed to repair their ships. If you're interested, here's a link to our longer, more in-depth video about an Icelandic turf house: And here's a link where you can learn more about the L'Anse aux Meadows historic Viking settlement in Newfoundland: Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle - SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! - Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family and Jakob Dannesboe! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: - STAY IN TOUCH! - Blog: exploringalternatives. ca Facebook: exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Twitter: @ExploringAlt - SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS - A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: danielle. is. exploring@gmail - SPONSORS - We occasionally include paid sponsor messages integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at danielle. is. exploring@gmail - VIDEO CREDITS - Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives.